Japa Ashraya begins in New Vrindaban
(Chanting 64 rounds* together)
The auspicious day of Putrada Ekadashi just passed and, as usual, with any day of immense spiritual benefit, there was an undeniable charge in the air, as though blessings and miracles were simply waiting to occur. Srila Prabhupada often remarked that one man may be fasting for Ekadashi, and another man may be fasting in a hospital but their results and mindsets are world’s apart. This difference, the act of voluntarily taking on some austerity or tapasya in order to please the Lord of the heart, can tip the spiritual balance in our favor and pour upon us all of the affection of our merciful Lord Krishna who holds dear anyone who takes care to observe these special fasting days.
The blessing of Putrada Ekadashi states that “While on this planet, one who strictly observes this Ekadashi will surely obtain a son, and after death he will achieve liberation. Anyone who even reads or hears the glories of Putrada Ekadashi obtains the merit earned by performing a horse sacrifice.”
The blessing of a son can come in many forms and the Vaishnava Acharyas have often compared our devotion and spiritual feelings to children that arise within our heart and must be carefully guarded and protected. It is our hope that with this Ekadashi you were blessed with unlimited bliss and loving feelings toward our Supreme Lord.
For the next Ekadashi which falls on January 20th, 2020, we will hold the first of what we hope to be many Japa Ashraya gatherings. We will undertake an internal goal to decrease our material needs, if at all possible, and increase our japa that day in order to focus our minds more on Krishna. All morning, we will chant together, attend the morning program, and share with each other the realizations that come with such deep spiritual communion. We hope that you will join us whether you chant 4 rounds or 64 rounds, because any time spent in the company of devotees on that day, glorifying the Supreme Lord will yield immeasurable success.
“In the Brahma-vaivarta Purana it is said that one who observes fasting on Ekadashi is freed from all kinds of reactions to sinful activities and advances in pious life. The basic principle is not just to fast but to increase one’s faith and love for Govinda, or Krishna. The real reason for observing fasting on Ekadashi is to minimize the demands of the body and to engage our time in the service of the Lord by chanting or performing similar service. The best thing to do on fasting days is to remember the pastimes of Govinda and to hear His holy name constantly.”Srila Prabhupada
Nectar of Devotion, Chapter 7
We look forward to seeing you and chanting with you!
(*4,8,12 or however many you can chant with us.)